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$2 billion to help house California’s homele...

Nearly two years after California lawmakers approved a $2-billion bond to help finance new housing for the state’s homeless, not a penny has been spent, and it’s unclear when any of the money will be available. The dollars are tied up in court as a Sacramento attorney challenges the state’s plan to pay off that debt with money California voters approved in 2004 for mental health services. The funding, the...

Governor Brown Signs Three Landmark Bills

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 1315 into law–a groundbreaking measure that aims to shift the paradigm for mental health treatment in California from one centered on late-stage crisis care to one in which the emphasis is on early detection, prevention and intervention, before a brain illness becomes disabling. We also became the third state in the country to shield residents’ ABLE accounts from Medicaid...

NEW RULE REQUIRES MENTAL HEALTH PARITY

A LANDMARK MOMENT FOR MENTAL HEALTH COVERAGE HAS TAKEN PLACE. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a long-awaited “final rule” dictating that mental health be covered equal to physical health.  2013 A landmark moment for mental health coverage has taken place. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a long-awaited “final rule” dictating that mental health be covered equal to...